The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXVII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Among us falsehood is proclaimed aloud, 
But truth is whispered to the phantom bowed
     Of conscience; ay! and Wrong is ever crowned, 
While Right and Reason are denied a shroud. 

The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala (James T. White & Co., 1920) by Abū al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī. Translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani. Copyright © 1920 by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.